I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move – That the Senate:
(a) Notes that:
(i) 28 years after the creation of the Australian Football League’s national competition, Tasmania remains without a team in either the men’s or women’s competitions.
(ii) Along with Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, Tasmania is an original foundational state for Australian Rules football.
(iii) Australian Rules football remains one of the biggest social institutions in Tasmania, and plays an important role in in the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians, as well as supporting the strength and cohesion of communities throughout the state.
(iv) Tasmania has been a regular and proud source of talent for the AFL and AFLW since its inception.
(v) Despite three decades of support by the community and many politicians, including the bipartisan recommendations of a Senate Committee, the AFL has not committed to a Tasmanian AFL Team.
(vi) Tasmanian football is at the crossroads and with limited talent pathways there is significant risk to community interest and enthusiasm which is compounded with increasing competition from other sports.
(b) Expresses its support for the establishment and inclusion of a Tasmanian team in the AFL and AFLW at the soonest feasible opportunity; and
(c) Calls on the AFL to commission new business plans for the inclusion of a Tasmanian team in the men’s and women’s national league by 2023.
This motion was co-signed by all Tasmanian Senators and unanimously passed in the Senate on 26 June 2018.